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Your Life: Each day is worth celebrating, no matter what it brings

Charlotte Lankard: At 74, Charlotte Lankard counts every day as a day to be celebrated.
BY CHARLOTTE LANKARD Published: March 18, 2013

In my kitchen there is one of his drawings — a stick figure doing a lopsided, happy dance and the words:

“When people asked how old she was, she would say 1,009,365 more or less because she was so glad to be alive that she counted every day a birthday.” And then further down is written: "She had some disagreement from her knees about the actual figures though … ”

I see it every day and every day it makes me smile. Just how did these knees get so cranky? I'm used to the pain and inconvenience of them, although I suspect some day I will trade them in for new ones.

At age 74, I assume aging and cranky knees are normal, but in spite of them, I can still walk, still work, still live a full life and count every day a day to be celebrated.

Charlotte Lankard is a licensed marriage and family therapist in private practice. Email her at